Want a new 900-class superbike, and got lots of money to spend? You’re in luck! MV Agusta has confirmed it’s releasing the Superveloce concept bike (pictured) in production form, and we’ve also seen photos of a new Ducati Panigale 959.
In today’s messed-up world of madness, social breakdown and rampant excess, we’ve reached a point where both of these bikes, despite being 900-class machines, are classed as lightweight superbikes, as both manufacturers have even larger superbikes in their lineups (the F4 and Panigale V4 series). With the 600-class supersports basically at an evolutionary dead end these days, this is the equivalent of motorcycle manufacturers saying “Let them eat cake!”
The Superveloce will be based around MV Agusta’s existing F3 800 platform, using the same basic engine and chassis, and the Panigale 959 is likely a mildly re-worked version of the current machine, tweaked to meet changing European emissions regulations.
Expect the Superveloce to make around 150 horsepower, and 65 lb-ft of torque, with a mild re-tune on the current three-cylinder 798 cc engine. MV Agusta doesn’t have the funding to change things up too much, but does realize customers won’t buy the same old, same old forever (or will they? Suzuki seems to be doing OK with that philosophy …).
As for Ducati, the current 959 Panigale makes roughly 155 hp and 76 lb-ft of torque from its 955 cc V-twin. It would be unsurprising to see the engine increase in capacity, as the Euro5 emissions requirements will most likely choke up its horsepower potential in current form, and Ducati will want to make up the difference somehow.
We have no real word on the componentry for the Superveloce, except that it’ll see lots of funky carbon-fibre bodywork, as you can see in the photo above. The Ducati will most likely reflect the design of the current model, with fully-adjustable suspension and lots of other high-performance bits.